In the era of job scarcity, the most important aspect of employment is not centred on landing a job.
The best place to land a job is by scoring the interview first, which is part of a four-step process to gaining employment.
1) Find the job opening
2) Apply with your CV
3) Attend the interview
4) Land the job
Once you’ve found the job opening, the best thing you can do is craft together a customised covering letter, and attach your current CV to that, then sit back and hope for a follow up interview.
That process can only go on for so long, before you notice you’re pouring through tons of job applications, and receiving no visible results, when you aren’t being invited to attend an interview.
When your CV isn’t delivering you interviews with hiring managers, then you have two options. You can review and revise your current CV, or you can look to the services of a professional CV writer to construct a tailored resume that’ll hopefully increase the amount of follow-ups you receive from your job applications.
That is only one reason to have your CV professionally written – To increase the number of interview invites you receive, which ultimately leads to a higher chance of gaining employment.
When you use a CV writer, depending on their expertise, it can feel like you’re working with someone who’s swallowed a dictionary. However, that vocabulary, in the best quality services is used sparingly. One language to converse with you, getting to know…
With this knowledge, they can turn to their true profession and use the buzzwords that ignite hiring managers to continue learning more about you, by reading your CV, right through to the end – or place you on a short-list for interview, if the HR dept are inundated with applications.
Most job openings do attract a number of applications, which as a result, the right buzzwords just in your opening summary statement can have your CV placed on that short list of applications.
That alone can increase the number of interviews you’re invited to.
After so many CV revisions have been done, the wrong words can create confusion at the interview stage. That can hurt your chances of employment.
As an example… Saying on your CV that you worked in the logistics dept. of a food manufacturing plant, could indicate to a hiring manager that you were higher up the chain than a quality control assistant.
When asked at interview what you did, the wording logistics would not be appropriate. Manufacturing would be as you’d have been ensuring the packaging was up to scratch prior to leaving the depot. While it’s in the logistics department, it’s not logistics related.
The word choice is crucial to ensuring that recruiters know exactly where you fitted into an organisation, the role you played, the experience gained, and any related training you’ll have gone through.
If you were to say in a section of your work history, that you also had the additional role of being the named safety officer… that statement alone speaks volumes to employers. You’re responsible, must have a health and safety certificate, and open to taking on additional responsibilities.
When it comes to describing your own core competencies on your CV, most people are too reserved to sing their own praises. It’s much easier for a second person to see the true value you possess than you often do yourself. Even if you do realise your value to employers, it’s not always the easiest of tasks to word that with emphasis.
A professional CV writer will know the best words to use that describe your core competencies in a manner a recruiter can understand. It’ll be listed in bullet form to ensure it stands out, and be easily absorbed to pass the CV scan test; ensuring hiring managers know your credentials, which will improve your chances of being shortlisted.
The core competencies on your CV are the most fundamental part to get right. This is where the most time should be spent and it’s often the most revised and edited part of a CV, whether you’ve done it yourself, or if it’s been done by a pro.
A bespoke appearance to your CV is far better than generic. With so many people just looking for a job, and not focusing on career progression, a bespoke design to your CV speaks volumes to employers.
When you take the time to tailor the look of your CV, then it’ll show you’ll take the time to understand your role, responsibilities, and to understand the company you’re applying to work with.
No company wants employees who are only there to clock in and out, earn a wage, and be on their way. Companies require staff to dedicate their working life to improving the service standards of the business, and meeting goals when they arise.
That is the message a CV with a bespoke design can send to quality employers. The message that you’re devoted to your career and will do whatever it takes to set yourself apart from everyone else applying for the same role.
It’s the attitude to the approach you take in your application submission that makes the difference.
One of the worst things that happens when you’re creating your own CV is the feeling of overwhelm when you just can’t manage to organise what you need to put down.
The objectiveness of a professional CV writer helps to determine the most applicable skills to each of the job roles you had. That’s often done with a four-point checklist, noted as the STAR technique:
That four-point list is used in interview techniques, and applies to your CV just as easily.
Describe the situation that lead to you landing your job, the task(s) you done in your job, what actions you took in that role (delegating tasks, phone duties, presentation creations, petty cash etc.) and what skills you gained as a result of each of your working experiences.
It’s a simple(r) way to organising a CV when you feel your past work experience reads like a laundry list with no clear direction.
After presenting the first draft of each role you’ve had, it’s then time to construct an appropriate outline of what’s relevant and what’s not into a chronological list, leading up to making your CV stand out the most relevant resume for the type of job you’re looking to land.
It’s working off an unorganised list of skills attained on and off the job, shifting those to transferable skills, and listing them chronologically to position you as the most suitable applicant, to the job you want to land.
That’s the part that not everyone is able to master, regardless of their academic abilities. Sadly, it’s not every professional CV writer that does a great job at doing this either, which is why you need to research who you’re working with prior to hiring them.
Time isn’t something everyone can afford to spend on their CV, and that’s the reason why there exists a field of professionals, who devote their time to mastering the gap between employers and employees, using words to match the two together, resulting in a higher amount of interviews, leading to an increased chance of employment.
It lies with the words, design, and structure of your CV, while incorporating the most details into the least amount of space, making your CV stand out, and able to be read through quickly, with a lasting impression on recruiters, leaving them excited that the prospect of meeting you at interview.
That’s the purpose of your CV and if you aren’t scoring a high number of interview invitations, then you really should consider having your CV professionally written.